Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Holiday To Remember // Turkey 2015


Two blogs in one week, yes it's actually happening.

Last week I got back from what can only be described as the best two weeks as I went to Turkey with my best friend and her family. Twas definitely the highlight of my year so far as a) I was away from work for two weeks and b) SUN; something England doesn't receive much of. 

Holidays can often come with a mixture of emotions for some people ranging from excitement to pre-holiday nerves, there's oddly two ends of the holiday spectrum and I most certainly experienced both. But, I thought that today I would address the little things that make us all silghtly nervous or apprehensive about holidays!

Firstly, of course there is the flight. I for one hate take off and had to make my friend hold my hand whilst I listened to music and squeezed the life out of her hand as we left the ground. But I have to admit after that, the whole flight can be quite draining and boring. This is why you pack your hand luggage full of things to keep you occupied. I would include: 

A book (or two)
Music (of course)
An iPad or tablet
Any sort of game (Cards or Nintendo etc)
Fluffy socks are a must!!

Our flight took off at 7am so we were up at 3 making our flight a sleep filled and tiring one, but I have to admit I find it difficult sleeping on planes so if you haven't guessed from previous blogs, a good music playlist is my best friend on long haul journeys of all sort. This journey was filled with a mixture of artists as was the holiday so I shall list them for now.

- Catfish and The Bottlemen - Balcony 
- Clean Bandit - New Eyes
- Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
- Disclosure - Settle
- Taylor Swift - 1989 (Yes, even Taylor Swift)

As well as the common loves such as AM by Arctic Monkeys and The Vamps cover of Sweater Weather. However I would have to say that our holiday song would have to be Locked Away by R.City ft Adam Levine, as it was always on the radio every time we were in the car...as well as the fact that I love Adam Levine with or without Maroon Five.

As well as music you all know by now that books is the main thing that I would spend time on, which I did whilst I was away. I brought with me, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare both of which I've been dying to read for months on end. I will review these books in a separate blog but would have to say that Fangirl was a slight let down as it took me a week and a half to read...where as City Of Lost Souls took me three/four days. Quite the difference, either way though books are a must for holidays as you can sit by the pool and read them or use them as a pass time if you're staying in for a bit...something I had to do as I am cursed with the fairest skin ever.

Talking of skin, this was one of the biggest worries for myself as I am naturally very pale and usually burn at the sight of a sun ray. However I was okay! Although I did burn slightly a couple of times there was nothing a bit of Aloe Vera gel and a cold shower couldn't take care of. But when going abroad to a hot country you need to know how your skin will react, if your blessed with sun loving skin then there's no worry but if, like me you burn easily and can react to Prickly heat make sure you know your limits, as I did but still came out in an awful heat rash which in turn ended up looking like I had the L word...Leprosy.   


Finally, and probably the main worry for women everywhere! Body confidence on holiday. I for one would have butterflies rush in my stomach at the thought of baring all in a bikini, but I was lucky enough to have a motivating and hard talking best friend with me who I would tell when self esteem reached a low...her response was "Shannon, I honestly want to punch you sometimes, shut up." I think she loves me really...Furthermore you realise when you're on holiday and having fun that people aren't staring at you, everyone there is wearing practically the same as you and no one has the same body, if they are looking it's probably because they admire your new bikini that you bought...or they're planning to push you in the pool, you never know! 
Much Love

All in all these things were a rough summary of our time in Turkey, where we made great memories, I for one made great friends and have to say it was quite the 'menTal' holiday, yes with a capital T filled of memories, water filled ears, funny tasting hand wipes and A LOT of gains. One final thing I fell in love with in Turkey were the endless, beautiful sunsets and stunning beach side views!

Night one did not disappoint!
My Beach // Beautiful
Turkey was a 10/10 and made my summer one to repeat in the future.

Until next time Turkey.

To be continued,
Shannon xx

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